Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/3/13
Illinois Fighting Illini basketball (21-9, 8-8) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Assembly Hall (the REAL Assembly Hall, unlike the one where the Hoosiers play) by squeaking by Big Ten doormat Nebraska 72-65 (13-16, 4-12) and unveiling the Assembly Hall renovation plans. A video showed CGI visualizations of what the new Assembly Hall renovation will look like. And the senior day victory over the Cornhuskers is exactly 50 years from when the Assembly Hall first opened its doors on March 2, 1963. In addition to the events at Saturday’s game, memorable Assembly Hall moments were highlighted throughout the week at FightingIllini.com, on the Fighting Illini Basketball Facebook page, and on the @IlliniHoops Twitter page. Illini legends like Kendall Gill, Eddie Johnson and Lou Henson gave their blessings on the stadium jumbotron yesterday. It is not certain yet how much the Assembly Hall renovation will cost. As of April 2, 2008, the Assembly Hall was added to the annual top ten endangered Illinois historic places list, as published by Landmarks Illinois, a non-profit historic preservation group. The only other endangered athletic site on the list is the Cubs Wrigley Field in Chicago. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of visitors. He also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker A Fulbright scholar, author and MBA, Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) The post Illinois Assembly Hall renovation plans unveiled (video) appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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